Publication Ethics

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

Marine and Life Sciences (MLS) follows certain ethical standards for publication, existing to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and due credit for original ideas. MLS is connected to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), abides by its Code of Conduct, and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from https://publicationethics.org/about/guide/journal-editors

Authors who submit papers to MLS certify that his/her work is original and is not published or under publication consideration elsewhere. Also, authors confirm that submitted papers have not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part, from other papers or studies. Authors certify that he/she does not have potential conflicts of interest or partial benefits associated with his or her papers.


Authors should upload the similarity report to the system while submitting articles. Also, MLS will check for plagiarism in all submitted articles in all stages prior to publication. If plagiarism is detected at any stage of the publication process, the author will be instructed to rewrite the manuscript. Every submission will be scanned by Turnitin® to prevent plagiarism. If any manuscript is 30% plagiarized the article will be rejected and the author will be notified.


MLS is committed to objective and fair blind peer reviews of submitted papers and the prevention of any actual or potential conflicts of interest between writers and reviewers.


Submitting authors must confirm the following:

1. Manuscripts must be the original work of the submitting author.
2. Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished.
3. There should be no conflict of interest. If it exists, it must be clearly stated.

4. Authors should cite all data sources used in the preparation of the manuscript.

Please note: It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.


Reviewers must confirm the following: 
 
1. Manuscripts are reviewed fairly based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship or political view of the author(s).

2. Any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be sent to the editor.

3. Information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential.

4. Information that may be a cause for rejection of publication must be sent to the editor.


Editors must confirm the following: 

1. Manuscripts are reviewed fairly based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship or political view of the author(s).

2. Information pertaining to manuscripts is kept confidential.

3. Any observed conflict of interest pertaining manuscripts must be disclosed.


NoteAuthor should make corrections in 2 months, otherwise paper will be rejected.

Note: The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions on submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board, and legal efforts to prevent plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement.